10 Super Cs: Affirming Your Power to Grow

Today our reflection is all about the big "C." Nope, not cookies, definitely not cancer:  affirmations that involve the letter C. The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, meaning "to make steady, strengthen." As psychologist Dr. Carmen Harra explains, "[i]n the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and in turn, negative actions." Go on, be skeptical. I expect nothing less of you, dear readers. But if you want to break some patterns … [Read more...]

ABCs for Leading Your Best Possible Life

I got a great chuckle recently. One of my clients said I should go into the greeting card-writing business based on my uplifting, sometimes cheerleading-type talk and tweets. Not sure whether I'm flattered or dismayed. I’d love, and am trying, to be a serious writer, yet… Elizabeth Lesser, a New York Times bestselling author, advises: "Look for a way to lift someone up. If that's all you do, it's enough." So, dear readers, if I was a greeting card writer, I’d write you a card that reads something like this: ABCs for Leading Your Best … [Read more...]

5 Affirmations for a Meryl-Streep-Like-Life

Who doesn't adore the great Meryl Streep? Wise words, erroneously attributed to her, have been circulating on Facebook broadly. They are actually the words of Portuguese speaker, author, life and executive coach, Jose̕ Micard Teixeira. Reportedly, Ms. Streep holds these words close, considers them words to live by. Let's step into Ms. Streep's shoes today with a Texeira excerpt, along with my gentle reframe—“affirmative shift." I love to think of this reflection as Teixeira-inspired... 5 Affirmations for a Meryl-Streep-Like-Life Selective … [Read more...]

Whose Job Is It To Like Me?

"It's not your job to like me -- its mine." -Byron Katie The Romantics' song "What I Like About You" is an 80s classic. Remember the simple lyrics? "What I like about you, you keep me warm at night.  Never wanna let you go, know you make me feel alright, yeah." How true, likeability can be that easy. You are infinitely likeable but then, as the wise Byron Katie reminds us,  it isn't my job to affirm your likeability -- it is your job. I know it can be easy to slip, to focus on what we don't like about ourselves. To feel hungry for … [Read more...]

Affirming Your Worth

This week, let's check in with our inside! Accomplishments, activities, accolades and things can be wonderfully validating but think about it, external validation doesn't entirely make for happiness, at least not the sustainable kind. Building a sense of self-worth that is independently strong, internally solid, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Recently during a #TweetChat I mentioned the research-based 5:1 Rule. Highly effective leaders (we're all leading something, not the least of which is our lives) positively acknowledge … [Read more...]

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